Prior to my release I won several awards from an organization that helps people that are detained in institutions and help them to focus and encourage them in developing their work, ultimately awarding several individuals a mentoring scholarship financed by sponsors once they are release in the community to develop their work further and ultimately becoming artists and breaking the stigma attached to any one that has been to the system.
I have now been free nearlythree years and have had one major solo exhibition where all the work created inside was on display followed by two smaller solo exhibitions as well as several group exhibitions around London.
I have produced several other works since my release and have had a great mentor who has helped me see my strengths with my use of colour and love for animals in my creations, giving me my own style in my work.
In March 2012 after being assaulted by the doorman in a bar in central London, I ended up in prison for a period of two and a half years for retaliatng. I took up painting as a form of escapism from the monotonous and tedious regime of prison life and used the medium as a way to mentally, leave the compounds of my 12x 6 feet cell, by submerging myself into my work.
Painting became my passion and my new story-telling medium when I had no access to a camera.
An Artist’s Journey from Prison to freedom.
This work presents a visual diary of paintings by Julio that communicates his oppressed world behind prison walls and his determination to break down barriers to discover inner freedom and hopes for a new future. His resilience leads him to his eventual release from prison. The artist's journey from prison to redemption inspires a massive and growing audience.